I'm terrified that my DIY flowers…

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Can you do a test run with a small amount so you know how much will come and how long they will take to open? I was/am still considering DIYing some of my flowers and I ordered a small amount to see what they’d really like like because I had the same fears! I had to pay a ton for shipping since it was such a small amount but it really did give me a good idea of what to expect.

Post # 4
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613 posts
Busy bee

@jwdesiree:  Im DIYing all the flowers to keep costs down! Im with you Im terrified! Im going to do some testers to ease my mind

Post # 6
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jwdesiree:  If you do it, post pics and let us see how the trial went! 🙂 So lucky that you have an experienced bridesmaid to help you out too! Use em, girl! That’s what they’re there for!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We had DIY flowers, so I can relate.  I think the key is to enlist a few talented (or at least gung-ho) people to help you, and then just be ready to accept whatever it is that they look like.  Remember that none of your guests will have your inspiration pictures to compare to – they’ll just see YOUR flowers and think “oooh pretty flowers!”

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m diy flowers as well but I’m going to be putting them together a bunch of times before I actually wrap them together into a bouquet. If you don’t like it the way it is when you start putting it together just try again until you find the way you want it. But also may do some testers as well. 

Post # 9
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jwdesiree:  are you doing centerpieces, bouquets or both? I DIY’d my centerpieces and my BFF’s mom ended up doing the bouquets the morning of. I ordered from Sam’a club and ended up picking up more from Wegmans (grocery store) last minute. If I were to do it again I’d order all the flowers from Wegmans ahead of time and skip Sam’s.  The Sam’s club flowers were great quality, but there was shipping issues. Use wet flower foam, and as pp said practice before hand. I just picked up $10 bouquets from BJ’s and $4 bouquets from Trader Joes a couple of times to practice. Have two pairs of stem cutters (50% off coupon at Hobby Lobby!). My first pair dulled and I had to go out and get a second pair. Flower food, the little packets they sent with the flowers wasn’t enough. You need it for when you first get the flowers and for soaking the wet foam. I though I could pick it up locally…umm no. I ended up doing a homemade recipe with bleach, aspirin, and sugar. Google it and there are a lot of recipes to follow. I did mostly roses, some calla lilies. The different color roses all opened at different rates. The white, pale yellow, and pink opened really fast. The red and dark yellow ones were more closed even though they were all from Sams and I cut and put them in water at the same time. The ones from Wegmans also opened at different rates, but they were purchased over two days. Overall I’d say the darker the color the tighter the bud. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@jwdesiree:  I did DIY flowers for my wedding. I was worried about the same thing and couldnt even decide what flowers to order because I was afraid they would look terrible. I ended up getting flowers at Trader Joes to do a trial run. I highly suggest it because it will make it a little less scary and make you feel more confident. 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m DIY’ing my centerpieces. They are bulbs that I am just praying will be open in April. I’m not talented enough to do bouquets so we are ordering those. 

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